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St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura, Gujarat
St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura, Gujarat
Navrangpura (District Ahmedabad)
St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura is a recognised institute / college. St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura was established on / in 1955.
Principal of St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura is Fr. (Dr.) Vincent Braganza, S. J..
St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura is situated in Navrangpura of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura is 26303740.
Contact Details of St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura are : Telephone: +91-79-26308057, (079) 26301075
Courses offered in St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, NavrangpuraSubjects : (I) B.A. (Prin.) Economics, Sanskrit, Gujarati, English, Psychology, B.A. (Subsi.) Economics, English,
Gujarati, Psychology, Sanskrit, Hindi, Statistical Methods, Computer, Functional English, (Voc. Course), (II)
B.Sc. (Prin.) & (Subsi.) Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Electronics, Bio-
Chemistry, B.Sc. (Subsi.) Bio-Technology, Industrial Chemistry, M.A. English, M. Sc. Chemistry.
St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad, Navrangpura runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).
St Xaviers College, Ahmedabad is affiliated with Gujarat University, Ahmedabad
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NAAC report of St Xaviers College, AhmedabadSECTION 1 - INTRODUCTION:
ST. XAVIER'S COLLEGE AHMEDABAD, is a prominent institution of higher learning in the state of Gujarat which has also been recognized as a College with Potential for Excellence. The college was established on 15th June, 1955 by the well-known religious organization, the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola about 500 years ago. The organization is devoted to the service of humanity in different spheres including providing quality education without any discrimination among different castes and classes of society. The Society of Jesus runs 26 institutions of higher education in India.
In order to create an intellectual and socially responsible society, the college is committed to its goals of quality teaching and all round development of its students, along with the goal of social justice by providing opportunities to students from deprived and marginalized sections of society. Different programs and activities of the college set the indices of its attention to the slum dwellers, poor and tribal communities. Over the years the college has demonstrated the concern for the societal needs and added programs accordingly. Presently the college offers two undergraduate and two post-graduate programs in Arts and Science. Research scholars working for Ph.D. degree are also registered in some of the departments. The college is a Five Star NAAC accredited institution affiliated to the Gujarat University, Ahmedabad.
St. Xavier's College is a grant-in-aid institution located in an urban setting. It received recognition by UGC under 2 (f) and 12B in1980. During the year 2006-2007, a total number of 1654 students enrolled in the college (654-boys and 1000-girls). This is rather unique for a co-ed institution where the number of girls is more than the boys. The total strength of permanent teaching faculty is 79, while to assist the teaching programs, the college has recruited 6 full-time, 11 part-time/temporary teachers in addition to 13 visiting faculty. The college has employed 38 Administrative and 16 technical staff.
St. Xavier's College was the first institution in Gujarat to opt for Accreditation and has come forward once again in the stipulated time for re-accreditation by NAAC, this is indicative of its concern for quality enhancement. The Self-Study Report submitted by the College is self-explanatory of its characteristics. For the purpose of verification of information mentioned in this report by the college, the NAAC appointed the following Peer Team for assessment and re-accreditation:
Prof. K.C. Sharma, Former Vice-Chancellor and presently Director Research and Head Department of Environmental Studies, MDS University, Ajmer (Rajasthan)
Prof. Nishi Pandey (Member Convenor) Director, UGC ASC, University of Lucknow, Lucknow (UP)
Dr. (Mrs) Shibani Chatterjee (Member) Principal, Hitkarini Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur (MP)
Mr. D.K. Sharma AEE (P) from ONGC, Cambay was appointed as observer from the industry. The Peer Team visited the institution for three days from 15th to 17th March 2007. A meeting of the Peer Team was also held on 14th March 2007 at 10.00 PM at their place of stay. The Team went through the Self Study Report and all relevant documents made available by the College through Mr Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Advisor and Coordinator from NAAC Bangalore. During the visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and supporting facilities. Sessions were also organized to interact with teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni, parents, the Principal and members of the Management Committee. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria laid down by NAAC, the peer team has assessed the college, prepared the report and presented it to the Principal of the college.
SECTION 2- CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS:
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The institution endeavours to provide to all its students an enabling environment so that their mental, physical, aesthetic, social and spiritual potentials are developed. The core values such as hard work, integrity, honesty, sense of justice and tolerance are nurtured so that the students may be able to offer their best to society and use their skills and potentialities equally for the benefit of the underprivileged. Equal opportunity to all, as children of God, is provided. The college thus adheres to its goal and inspite of being recognised as a Minority Institution admits students without discrimination on caste, creed, sex or religious lines. The College prospectus published every alternate year clearly states the mission of the institution which is corroborated at the commencement of the academic session during the orientation program.
The College has to adhere to the curricular programs designed by the parent university through its Board of Studies and Academic Council. Having a widely acclaimed and distinguished faculty, many are members of Board of Studies as also members of subcommittees for syllabi framing and unitization at the University Departments. Thus the College plays an active role in the designing of curriculum and other academic activities of the parent University. 12 Career Oriented Programmes (COPs) have been introduced, (6 for the Arts stream and 6 for the Science stream) as per the UGC scheme for self-financed Add-on courses for Undergraduate students. The University has entrusted the designing of these certificate courses to the College. The courses offered are Foreign Trade Management, Counselling, Journalism, Rural Development, Creative Arts, English Language & Communication Skills, Computer Hardware, Bioinformatics, Microprocessors & Photonics, Gardening & Landscaping, Microbial Biotechnology and Nutrition & Dietetics. The College primarily offers UG courses in English, Functional English, Gujarati, Hindi, Sanskrit, Economics and Psychology in the Arts Stream and Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Electronics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Industrial Chemistry and Computer Science in the Science stream. Interdisciplinary approach has been established by combining Biology and Psychology, English and Psychology and Mathematics and Computers.
The College and its faculty have a strong inclination towards research activities and therefore an independent Xavier Research Foundation has been established on the campus in 1991. Ten advanced learners of Third year Science (TYSC) level are given research projects to be completed in the last year of their graduation and they are also required to present their research papers. These students are recognized and felicitated during public functions organized by the College. The Computer Science course is available as an optional paper for science students. The students from the Arts stream can study Computer Methods as a Second Subsidiary at FY and SY level.
Regular feed back on curriculum is systematically and continuoulsy obtained from students, faculty, alumni, employers, and community at large. The feedback is processed and passed on to the IQAC of the College. The faculty members use the outcome of the feedback to bring about changes in syllabi, when they get the opportunity as members on various Board of Studies. At least five meetings are arranged exclusively to plan and evaluate the curriculum. For the past three years an annual Faculty Research Seminar is organised where the research findings are presented, discussed and eventually published in the form of a Journal titled Xavier Research Annals.
Innovative activities are conducted in the form of student participation in Xavier Centre for Communication (Gurjarvani) for creating awareness on environmental issues and with the Behavioural Science Centre (BSC) for organising regular legal courses for select group of rural based students.
CRITERION II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION:
Admissions are granted on the basis of merit in the qualifying exam. The overall demand ratio is 580 : 6140. At the FY level a total of 5320 students applied and only 490 were admitted. For PG classes there were 820 and admission was granted to 90 students. Reservation is exercised for Christians, SC/ST/OBC categories and also for candidates offering CBSE courses at 10+2 level. For vocational courses like Biotechnology and Industrial Chemistry, some seats are reserved for Industrial units. Preference is also given to sports persons and students with outstanding artistic/literary/creative abilities. Special counselling and separate counters are provided for physically challenged and socially disadvantaged students at the time of admission. The special features of the admission process are total transparency and involvement of faculty and senior students in counseling and helping the newcomers and specially the disadvantaged feel comfortable in the campus.
The applicant's knowledge is assessed by faculty members and counseling is offered. In case of change of medium of instruction, test of language skill is undertaken and accordingly Bridge courses are provided to disadvantaged students at the First year level, the syllabi being designed by the University for students offering English medium. Remedial classes are offered for subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology for weaker students.
The 'Jagrat' Cell created three years ago is meant for looking after the needs of tribal Dalit and SC/ST students. It undertakes confidence building activities, career guidance and personality development. 180 students were provided this facility in the last session.
Advanced learners are given project work, assignments and class presentation. Paper presentation in National and State level seminars and competitions by selected students is encouraged. The slow learners are given special coaching through remedial classes and small learning groups comprising of brilliant students with slow learners under faculty supervision.
Keeping in mind the university requirements and time schedules, a strategic planning of academic calendar is done involving the entire faculty in the process. Departmental and individual academic planning is done in such a manner so that 30% syllabi is covered by mid-term, 70% by the first term and rest by the end of second term to facilitate the conduct of one mid term and two terminal examinations which are internal examinations of the College apart from the annual University examinations.
Basically teaching-learning is done by lecture method but students are also taken on study tours, industry visits, excursions, etc. Use of LCD, OHP, Internet and Laptops as teaching aids by the faculty is encouraged. The teachers also act as mentors and counselors. All the Science subjects and Psychology have experimental work in laboratories.
In vocational courses and COPs, summer projects are assigned. Students are encouraged to attend Seminars and Lecture Series in other institutions. They are encouraged to use internet and acquire knowledge about their subjects by group discussions, quizzing and debates on topics and through classroom presentations and student seminars they are taught to use LCD, OHPs, etc. The Vocational Cell has set up a unit which encourages student entrepreneurship. Tissue culture of certain endangered, rare and plants of economic importance are developed under the brand name X Plant by young student researchers of the college and also marketed. The College organises exhibitions and an annual Cultural Festival fully designed, prepared and managed by the students.
A large number of faculty attend Seminars, symposia and workshops in the country and abroad and keep themselves abreast of advances in their subject by remaining engaged in research work and publishing papers, in National and International Journals. 33% of faculty have Ph.D. degrees and 11% M.Phil. 6.4% are NET qualified. Pursuants of research work are granted study leave on request and substitutes are appointed. 8 faculty members have received research grants amounting to Rs. 24,74,000 in the last five years. The College also has supported faculty research through UGC - PTAC grants.
A total of 22 teachers have attended 34 refresher courses, 7 teachers, orientation courses and 5 teachers have attended training in molecular Biology & VLSI Chip designing in the last five years. About 28% of faculty have acted as resource persons, 69% have registered participation and 24% have presented papers in various seminars/ workshops and conferences. The faculty members are using computers, internet and audiovisual aids and some have prepared their own computer aided packages.
Continuous evaluation is done to monitor the student's performance. The results are declared by the Principal and also displayed on Notice Boards. The Computer Science faculty has developed software for display of results of all term examinations, attendance records and other performance appraisals of each student. The teachers show the answer books to the students and in case of any grievance, the students can complain and the mistake if any is redressed immediately, parents are intimated only in extreme cases but the faltering student is given full opportunity to improve performance.
The evaluation procedure is quite transparent. The answer sheets are first evaluated by the teachers and then shown to the students and mistakes, if any, are rectified. The final marks are then conveyed to the Central examination cell which prepares the results and then notification is issued. Unfair means cases are dealt with strongly by the discipline committee.
CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The College has a good research environment. The Xavier Research Foundation (XRF) situated in the campus is equipped with hi-tech instruments. Although it has independent management the college uses the facilities to develop research culture in its students. The college faculty extensively use the facilities for their research work. Five faculty members are recognised research supervisors. Besides XRF, linkages with NIOH, PRL, ISRO, Science City etc have been established. There are three ongoing minor research projects with UGC sponsorship with total outlay of Rs.76000/- and 7 major research fellowships with total outlay of Rs.30,90,300/-. The funding agencies are UGC, Gujarat Maritime Board, Gandhinagar, a Social Donor Agency, GUJCOST, Core Emballage, Social Science Regional Council and ICWT. Other financial assistance for research activities include travel grant for attending International Conferences by UGC, Adivasi Youth Leadership by CRS and Skill enhancement for students of disadvantaged group by FAEA (Ford Foundation).
The College has some basic facilities for research activities in the departments and has been granted the status of College with Potential for Excellence by the UGC. The grants from this are being used to upgrade the laboratories with modern equipments. XRF has full research facilities for Biosciences and Chemical Sciences, viz. Plant tissue culture, DNA finger printing, microbiological studies, protein studies, immunological work and phytochemical analysis. The Chemical Laboratory also has ultra modern facilities.
One of the faculty has received Fulbright Scholarship for post doctoral research work. The faculty members from various departments have written 37 books and published 114 research papers, 30 in reputed International and 84 in National Journals. The College provides consultancy in many fields but most of them are gratis. The Principal serves as a Member on many National level advisory committees of UGC, NAAC, Minority Education, Government of India, etc. The other faculty members also contribute towards consultancy in the fields of - Staff training and imparting value education in schools and colleges, expertise to Research Information System (RIS) Delhi under Ministry of Home Affairs, Member of internal Biosafety committee for Intas Biotech, Product formulation feasibility in Claris Biosciences, Ramdev Masala, Ahmedabad, and various NGOs. The management is liberal in allowing faculty to undertake consultancy and has not laid down any rules of finance sharing.
The college has taken up extension activities seriously in a systematic manner at multiple levels. The various activities are
Xavier Centre for Development (XCD) - takes up needs of students from nearby slum areas, conducting evening classes in which College students also participate.
'Tarumitra' in Collaboration with other NGOs is devoted to environment protection and maintaining ecobalance, prevents felling of trees and helps greening of city.
Xavier Centre for Translation (XCT) in collaboration with Katha, New Delhi, translates writings of Tribals, Dalits and other Gujarati Writers in English.
NSS involves itself with organizing Blood donation camps, Campus cleaning, helping nearby children of slum dwellers, helping visually challenged students, working for AIDS and Thalessimia patients, etc.
SHARP (Service to Humanity And Retrieve People) organizes three camps annually.
Women's issues on the campus are taken care of by the Women Development Cell. They also work among women slum dwellers and scavengers. Awareness programmes on the rules/laws related to female foeticide, dowry, eve teasing are conducted regularly besides sex education classes. Efforts are made to involve girls of minority communities for participation in Talent tests and other exams.
The College has a regular NCC programme in place for boys and girls.
Two faculty members work with tribal medicinal practitioners of Dediapada Forests, South Gujarat.
Almost all departments of the college have linkages with 21 organisations for research and extension. These include Government, Semigovernment, Nongovernment bodies, industrial units, underprivileged sections of Society, tribals having expertise in medicinal herbs and plants and advisory bodies of various social organisations.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE & LEARNING RESOURCES
The College has a lush green campus spread over 26 acres of land and has a spacious three storied building with adequate classrooms, laboratories and other physical facilities for carrying forth teaching-learning activities. Staggered timings for Arts, Science streams and a third shift for the less privileged children from the neighboring areas ensures that the infrastructural facilities are put to optimal use. The campus also boasts of an Ecological niche with 800 species of flora and fauna, which serves as a practical training ground for conservation techniques, vermiculture, etc. for the students.
Physical facilities at the College have been further enhanced since the last accreditation - 5 new classrooms have been added, a new lab-cum-office with 8 cubicles has been constructed for Functional English classes and a better-spaced-open air theatre have also been redesigned. A new water harvesting system has been installed to recharge the borewell. Extensive renovation work has been done - the water hut has a new water filtering system installed, the Assembly Hall has been redone, ramps have been constructed, a special lift and a toilet has been put in place in the renovated ladies lounge for the physically challenged students, and the old Prayer Hall has been converted into a well equipped Conference Hall. Repair work has been done on the entire College Building and Men's Hostel as part of the preparations for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College.
The Library has added a total of 6280 books and 16 journals to the stock of 60 thousand books at the time of accreditation. Complete Computerization of the Library has been done, bar coding of all the books has been completed and SOUL programme of INFLIBNET is in use. Digitization of the Library has begun with the help of INFLIBNET and XRF. There is a designated space for the visually challenged students in the Library to operate newly installed Computers which also have programmes installed specially for them. 9971 Braille materials are also available. As recommended by the Peer Team a Library Committee has been constituted formally to facilitate the efficient running of the Library. Six Departments have departmental libraries. These are Biochemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Functional English. About 40 to 50% of students and faculty visit the library for referencing. The College is utilizing the UGC grants for purchase of books. Special grants, money from its own sources and donations of collections from retired faculty members helps the college augment its library collection.
The 11 Laboratories are well equipped and have sophisticated equipment to which the College has added UV transilluminator, spectrophotometer, digital balances, kits for laser equipments, fermentor, 2 digital microscopes, microprocessor kit and its peripherals, laptop for melting point simulation, fibre optics, muffle furnance, mechanical stirrer, digital pH meter, hot plate gauss meter, hysteretic loop tracer etc. in the past five years. Workshop for the maintenance of equipment is also in place and adequately equipped. The Laboratory fuel system has been changed from Petrol to LPG.
The Computer Laboratory has been expanded with 30 terminals and 3 Servers in place. New terminals have been installed in 7 Science Departments, Library, Computer Science Laboratory, the Office and for the visually challenged. Most Departments have internet facility and the Departments are now linked through LAN. All constituents are allowed use of Computers.
Twenty percent of the students use the hostel facilities for boys and girls. The Hostel for girls is situated on another campus. The College Canteen provides adequate light refreshments for day scholars and boarders. The hostels have a Mess, reading room facilities, TV room and games facilities. The University Health Centre is less than 1 Km away and students enroll themselves at the Health Centre. On the campus, first aid facilities are available and for emergencies there is a network of doctors who can be easily accessed. The hostel facilities are provided in summer to students of 'Jagrat' and 'Utkarsh' for training.
Spacious grounds for Football, Cricket, Hockey, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Paleta wall, a jumping pit, practice pitches and a 400 meter running track is available for students who have excelled and achieved well in sports. Outsiders are permitted to make use of College grounds when College is not in session. University tournaments such as Hockey and Football and summer coaching Camps for school students in Tennis, Cricket and Football are held on the campus. The newly landscaped College quadrangle were recently used for a National level Workshop of Artists and is the hub of the cultural activities organized by the students.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT & PROGRESSION
The College publishes a prospectus every alternate year with information about the history of the College, its courses, facilities, fee structure, rules, scholarships, prizes, etc. The College website also provides this information for the assistance of the student. To further facilitate their progression and to support them the College has instituted 171 Scholarships and 180 Scholarships are given through the Government schemes. 26 Scholarships are given by the Poor Students Fund (Society) and 16 through the Poor Student Aid Fund. Loan schemes under the Xavier Loan Scholarships are available for the needy Christian students and free books are provided to the economically weak students through the book bank / poor students lending library. Prizes for outstanding performances in academics, sports and cultural activities are also awarded. Various support services have been set up for the well being of the SC/ST students. Jagrat is an unit that takes care of their psychological needs, aids in personality development and gives both academic and personal counseling. A 20 session legal course and a Leadership Training Programme for ST students has been added in the last five years. Subunits like 'Urja' and 'Utkarsh' have been established as welfare measures in the last 5 years.
The College enjoys a very good reputation in the State and is considered the best in Ahmedabad for Liberal Arts and Science studies, it also finds ranking amongst national level institutions of Higher Education. Of the nearly 1594 students studying in the various UG and PG courses nearly 60% are women, a number of students come from other States and a couple of overseas students also find place. Actual drop out rate of students is low and the gap between admitted students and those sent for examinations is due to a large number of students joining professional colleges over a period of time. The College results at the University examinations have never been below 90% and a large number of students pass with first class marks. Students from the College have also fared very well at national level examinations like NET, SLET, CAT, TOEFL, IAS, etc.
A Student counselling Centre was established in 1970 and 2 trained Psychological counsellors provide expert counselling. Informal academic counselling continues throughout the year. A number of Cultural events are organized by the College annually and students participate in a large number of inter collegiate, inter university and national level cultural and sports events at which they have excelled. Since the accreditation, one more full-time counsellor has been appointed and a Placement Cell has been set up to provide guidance and organize campus interviews regularly. In March 2007 about 7 Companies like IBM, Torrent, and Google etc. came for Campus Placement Interviews and 30 students have already received offer letters. Web page database for career options for students has been designed by the Physics Department and the software is also being used by other departments to create their own web pages.
The formalization of a Grievance Redressal Cell in 2001 puts in place mechanisms for redressal of student problems speedily and effectively. The Women's Development Cell caters to the problems of the women faculty and students and is a good initiative.
Established in 1969, TOXA (The Old Xavierites Association) is a registered alumni association. The Association has a branch in USA, and is actively involved in contributing financially towards improving the infrastructural facilities of the College, sponsoring sports events, organizing fund raisers, cultural events and seminars. Some past students also offer their services to the College as coaches in sports like Cricket, Football, Tennis, Hockey and Basketball. TOXA has in the last five years helped in the construction of the lift for the handicap, improving library infrastructure and in beautifying the campus besides providing Scholarships/sponsorships etc. through fund raising activities, the proceeds of which are utilized.
The College is 50 years old and has a long list of illustrious alumni working in almost every field like sports, literature, education, administrative services, armed forces, religious services, performing arts, media, journalism, industry, legal services, science and technology, etc. International sports persons like Geet Sethi, Charles Boromeo, film actress Parveen Babi, Bishop of Baroda, Dr. Godfrey de Rosario and Head of the Swaminarayan sect - Swami Tejendra Prasadji Maharaj are only some of the outstanding achievers and leaders emerging from the College.
CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The vision and mission of the Jesuit management of the College is stated in the prospectus. The College has the Governing Body (Board of Trustees), Local Managing Committee and a Society of Jesuit Educationists headed by the Principal called 'College Men' who meet regularly twice a month to oversee the functioning of the College, formulate policies and facilitate smooth running of the College. The Society Office, located in the College building, facilitates access to teachers and students. The Society provides funding to the College establishment expenditure, in the event of delay of Government funds.
All faculty members and a large number of students serve on various administrative and academic committees eg. Academic Committee, Examination Committee, Women's Cell, NSS Committee, Discipline Committee, Cultural Committee, etc. There is informal decentralization of power. All Heads of Departments, 2 Vice-Principals and Principal meet regularly to review College functioning. The entire College staff meets at least five times in a year.
The College has a unique recruitment process for appointment of faculty, in which students are also involved and a 3 tier screening process is used. The mode of selection of new faculty is done as per Government norms. However, the candidates are interviewed and demo lecture is taken in front of faculty, management and students who give their feedback on which the final selection is based and approval is sought from the State Government as well as University. Presently the College has 79 full time, regular faculty and 17 part time/Temporary - 45 are women teachers. The Management has appointed 6 full time, 11 part time faculty and 13 visiting faculty who share their expertise for PG classes in Chemistry and English. The management has appointed 17 members of the staff in the past 5 years to take care of extra workload. The student teacher ratio is 25:1 in UG and 27:1 in PG. All the teaching and non-teaching members have formed a Credit Cooperative Society. Various welfare schemes are available for the staff - for loans etc. The teaching non-teaching staff ratio is 1.8:1.
The Campus Ministry Cell, Personal Growth and Development towards Community Empowerment (PGDCE) organizes workshops for administrative staff while academic staff/faculty are involved in Group Building Workshops, seminars for promoting better communication and relationship among them, research based seminars, Computer training programmes, etc. for Staff Development. Self appraisal has not been very successful but the College has a mechanism for departmental appraisal which is tabled in the general meetings held 3 times a year. Students feedback is obtained twice in a Session from SY and TY level students and occassionally from FY as well. The college takes effective measures for evaluation of faculty by students, departmental heads and the authorities in general. The faculty is given feedback about work well done and areas of concern. A summary of the student's feedback is also given to the teacher and the higher authorities. Corrective measures are taken by the teachers and monitored by the departmental heads and Principal depending upon the extent of seriousness. The institution recognizes and appreciates commendable work done by the faculty on a public forum at formal College functions.
Resource mobilization is economical and effective. Internal and external auditing is done as per auditing principles. Proposed budget, balance sheets and audit reports are processed and passed at different levels.
CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college has through a transparent mechanism and innovative pedagogical devices, responded to the needs of the times to prepare the young minds to accept the challenges of a rapidly changing world. The college has deep concerns for the physically and visually challenged students along with those inhabiting the slums in the city. It is appropriate to mention that the healthy practices mentioned in the report of the Peer Team that visited the college in 2001 are still being carried forward. However, the team would like to put on record some of the healthy practices adopted by the college in the past five years:
The college gears itself to achieve the goals and objectives of empowerment of socially discriminated groups through programs such as Jagrat, Women's Development cell, Utkarsh.
Xavier Centre for Development has responded to the challenges of extending support to the student community for the past 25 years and continues to do so with more innovative programmes.
Admission of a considerable number of students who are physically challenged, but are being treated with great compassion and are given full opportunity to develop their competencies is a highly praiseworthy effort.
The college has adopted the mechanism for Internal Quality Checks through periodic evaluation of teaching-learning. There is good participation of students in the planning processes and monitoring of the activities of the college.
The students are divided into Star group and Weak group for different papers/subjects. It is appreciated that teachers pay attention to individual students for the paper/subject in which they are weak and records of the same are maintained to follow their progress.
Publications and presentations of papers on topics of Quality Enhancement in periodicals and attendance at seminars organized by NAAC by the Principal and faculty is indicative of the importance given to the pursuit of academic excellence by the College.
The college is sensitive to environmental concerns and under the aegis of Tarumitra commendable work is being done with the students on the campus. A publication has also been brought out on environmental issues. The campus has a very large green cover and provides a peaceful environment required for creative pursuits.
The college also responds and helps the affected people during natural calamities like earthquake, tsunami etc. The faculty and students collect funds, materials and medicines and visit the areas for rendering their help and support.
The college is conscious of its duties to impart value based education and conducts a full-fledged value education program.
It is appreciated that visually challenged students learn through computers having Braille software and that 9971 Braille materials are also available in the library. This facility is also extended to students who are not enrolled in the college.
Teaching innovations for eg. Subject based quizzes, student seminars, projects, educational fairs, study tours, film appreciation programs, exhibitions, surveys etc. are made a part of the learning by doing experience for the students.
Innovations in evaluations are carried out through grading class performance and bi-weekly tests whose marks are part of the final aggregate of the terminal marks.
The Career Oriented Programs and Vocational courses have summer projects for students. Industry linkages have been established for attachment of students for summer training and later getting them a job in these industries (Intas Biotech, Claris Life Sciences etc,)
New initiatives like Utkarsh, Urja, Katha Xavier's, Tarumitra, The Adivasi Youth Leadership Programme (with CRS) help in developing social responsibilities, citizenship roles and help in the overall development of the student.
SECTION 3- OVERALL ANALYSIS:
After verification of information mentioned in SSR for re-accreditation, study of relevant documents and interaction with teaching, non-teaching staff of the college, students, parents and college alumni during the visit, the peer team is impressed with concerted efforts made by the Management, Principal of the college and Faculty, during the last five years. Undoubtedly, St. Xavier's College has emerged as a center of excellence in the field of higher education in the state of Gujarat. Bearing the characteristics of secularism, social responsibility towards the underprivileged and physically challenged students, the college has achieved the core objectives of humanitarian services and national integration along with imparting quality education.
As St. Xavier's College stands on the foundations of Jesuit philosophy, the college is dedicated in rendering the services with missionary zeal to prepare the knowledge society for the future. The college has successfully celebrated the Golden Jubilee year and organized a National Meeting of Principals of Jesuit Colleges of the country. The Jesuit General from Rome, Rev. Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. was invited to preside over the closing Ceremony of the Golden Jubilee year.
A committed and research oriented faculty, state-of-the-art infrastructure and innovative curricula for existing programs, in the college are the foundations for imparting quality education. In the campus of St. Xavier's College, one feels an ambience which is the hallmark of a high profile academic institution.
After critical observation of varied aspects of the college, the Peer Team feels that there are many features that deserve to be commended.
The college has been selected as a College with Potential for Excellence. On the basis of its critical observations during the visit to various departments and support services, the Peer Team also agrees that St. Xavier's College deserves this recognition.
The IQAC of the college is very active and has effectively sensitized and involved faculty and students equally. The impact of this cell is visible in the development of the college. IQAC updates the data and information from different departments and units regularly.
In an all India survey of higher education institutions the National Magazine 'India Today' in 2006 has ranked St. Xavier's College at 11th position for education in Science stream courses and 13th position for Arts stream courses. This has not only put the college in the category of top ranking institutions of the country but has also added credits in the popularity of Gujarat state with respect to the status of Higher Education.
In a short duration of five years, the college has started 12 career-oriented programs and self-financed courses fully designed and conducted by the faculty.
The college has taken innovative and new initiatives in extension activities which is reflected in the work done by various organizations such as XCD, Utkarsh, Urja, Katha- Xavier's, Tarumitra, the Adivasi Youth Leadership Programs, etc.
The faculty is engaged in quality research as is evident from the good number of publications made by them in journals of national and international repute besides their participation in conferences and seminars. This has promoted a research culture even at UG level which is rare in colleges.
The research being carried out by the faculty is in current areas such as DNA fingerprinting, protein science, bioremediation, plasma and polymer research, ozone and atmospheric science, remote sensing, WTO-IPR, neutron star, nanotechnology, particle physics and many more including the areas of translation studies, cultural studies, literature, agro-economics and other disciplines.
High quality teaching and research and collaborative work done by the departments of Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, English, Gujarati/Hindi, Sanskrit, Psychology, Economics and Computer Science makes them centres within the college, with potential for excellence.
The institution has very innovative structures and programmes in place to facilitate the all round development of students so that they not only achieve excellence through the academic programs but also develop a sense of responsibility, qualities of leadership, commitment, co-operation, coexistence, compassion and good citizenship
The Management has established specific centers such as Xavier Research Foundation, Behavioral Science Centre, Xavier Centre for Development and Gurjarvani for the benefit of its faculty, students and the marginalized of the city. This not only enhances the research potential of the students and teachers but also allows for specific research in areas of regional and local concerns.
The college finds place in the 'Best Practice Series' (BPS) published by NAAC. These practices are 'Using Infrastructure and Learning Resources for Social Transformation, (BPS 3: 2006) and 'Student Participation in Planning and Execution of Programs' (BPS, 5: 2007).
The Peer Team also feels that the college may like to work on the following recommendations for further enhancement and sustenance of quality of higher education in the institution.
Looking at the existing infrastructure and the faculty, the college may plan to start Post-Graduate programs in some of the disciplines.
There is need to establish a Disaster Management Cell on the campus so that interested students may be trained to serve the affected people at the time of any crisis. A certificate/diploma course may be introduced.
In the present era of globalization, the college may develop more linkages internationally with institutions of developed countries for short-term exchange programs for students and faculty.
The college has excellent language and literature departments in English, Gujarati, Sanskrit and Hindi. Also in present times students after leaving college travel the world over. The college may consider launching self-financed COPs in Foreign Languages (French, German, Chinese, etc.), Cultural Studies, Translation Studies, etc. There is need for a well equipped, computer based language laboratory to be set up.
The library is well maintained and computerized to a great extent but there is a need for a separate building for the library. When the proposed new building comes up to house the science and computer laboratories another building for the growing library may also be built. UGC can be approached for funding the same.
Looking at the interest and expertise of its faculty and to achieve ultimate excellence in higher education, the college may like to add more hi-tech equipments for research in the science departments with emphasis on particular fields. At the same time funding agencies of Central as well as State government may be approached for financial assistance.
The canteen facilities need to be enhanced with more seating space. Also, separate common rooms for boys could be provided.
The tuition and other fee received from students is comparatively low as compared to similar institutions in the country. This may be enhanced along with the provision of more scholarships for needy students.
Efforts should be continued for attaining the status of an Autonomous college.
The college may then have greater academic freedom to develop its own curricula of regional and national relevance.
In conclusion, the Re-accreditation Peer Team appreciates the efforts made by the visionary and dynamic Principal, the cooperative Management and committed Faculty and non-teaching staff in promoting the core values of quality education namely contributing to National Development, Fostering Global Competencies, Inculcating Value System in students, Promoting the Use of Technology and Quest for Excellence. The team wishes to record its appreciation for the goodwill and cooperation extended by the members of the Governing Body, Principal, Co-ordinator of IQAC, Faculty and non-teaching staff, parents and alumni during the visit. The Team wishes the institution all success in its future endeavors.
Prof. K.C. Sharma
Prof. Nishi Pandey
Dr. (Mrs) Shibani Chatterjee
Fr. Francis G. Parmar
St Xavier's College Ahmedabad
Date: March 17, 2007
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